2023 Licensing Deadline – 2/1

The 2023 licensing deadline is February 1, 2023. The late final deadline is March 1, 2023

The 2023 licensing has begun. The online licensing login information was emailed to the attorneys who opted out of the paper packets on November 16. The paper packets for the remaining members will be in the mail by November 18. If you are expecting a paper packet and did not receive it by December 1, please contact the Licensing Department.  The licensing deadline is February 1, 2023.  Please contact the Licensing Department if you have any questions.

The License Fee Notice – Why should you review it? In addition to the license fee information, the license fee notice includes attorney data from the Bar’s records. Please review the information provided and make any changes so your information is accurate.

Do you have a Trust Account?  Active members must complete the Trust Account Certification form regardless of whether you are required to maintain a trust account. If you are an active member of the Idaho State Bar and your primary office is in Idaho, you must certify each year that you maintain a separate client trust account for Idaho client funds or that you handle no client funds. If you have a trust account, please make sure the account is reported accurately.

MCLE – Each active member of the Bar must complete 30 hours of MCLE credit, including 3 hours of ethics, every three years. If your MCLE reporting period ends in 2022, please remember live webcasts qualify for live credit. Search for live courses on our website and look for notices such as “Webcast,” “Teleconference,” or “Audio Stream.” Extensions until March 1, 2023 are available. The extension fee is $100. More information on MCLE Compliance.

Are you required to have malpractice coverage? All active and house counsel members must complete the Professional Liability Insurance Coverage Certification. If you do not represent private clients, complete the form, indicating you do not represent private clients. If you represent private clients, complete the form, and submit proof of current professional liability coverage if it is not already on file with the Idaho State Bar.

You have decided to resign from the Idaho State Bar – If you decide not to practice law in Idaho, now or in the future, you can complete the Voluntary Resignation Form. Please understand, if you resign and then change your mind later, you must reapply for admission to the Idaho State Bar, which may include taking and passing the Idaho Bar Examination. If you are unsure of your future plans to practice law in Idaho, we recommend you transfer to inactive or senior status.

Practice Sections – Should you join? The Bar’s 23 Practice Sections offer you the opportunity to meet Bar members who practice in similar areas of practice, attend educational events, and provide a chance to participate in projects and activities. The license form includes Section registration information.

Donations to the Idaho Law Foundation – The license form offers you the opportunity to make a voluntary tax-deductible contribution to the Idaho Law Foundation (“ILF”). ILF, through its programs, provides services and information to thousands of individuals, groups, and families in Idaho, including low-income families needing legal assistance, justice professionals, community leaders, students, educators, law students, attorneys, judges, and the public. For more information about ILF visit www.idaholawfoundation.org.

Licensing Questions – Detailed instructions and information are included on the online licensing portal, in the licensing packet, and on the Bar’s website. If you have questions, please contact the Licensing Department at licensing@isb.idaho.gov 208-334-4500.

Idaho Code Commission Position Opening – Deadline 2/10

Pursuant to Idaho Code Section 73-203, the Board of Commissioners of the Idaho State Bar are responsible for nominating bar members to serve on the Idaho Code Commission. The appointments are made by the Governor for six-year terms. The term of one of the Code Commissioners expired on December 1, 2022. The bar is seeking attorneys interested in the position. If you are interested in serving on the Code Commission, please submit a letter of interest and a current bio to the ISB executive director Diane Minnich, dminnich@isb.idaho.gov,  by February 10, 2023.  For information on the duties and responsibilities of the Code Commission contact Andy Doman, Code Commission chair or Phil McGrane, Idaho Secretary of State. 

Access to Fastcase While System is Temporarily Down

Idaho State Bar members may notice that the link to Fastcase on our website is temporarily rerouting to a page that is not allowing access to accounts. Fastcase is working on resolving this issue. In the meantime, Fastcase members can sign up for a trial account here: Fastcase Gateway

This will provide immediate access to Fastcase, but as it is a separate account you will not have access to their history or folders.

We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to have this issue fixed soon.

2023 District of Idaho/Ninth Circuit Civics Contest – Deadline 3/13

2023 District of Idaho/Ninth Circuit Civics Contest – Entry Deadline March 13th

This year’s District of Idaho Civics Contest is officially underway with entries due March 13th. Sponsored by the United States Courts for the District of Idaho, this essay and video contest is open to high school students in the State of Idaho. This year’s topic? The 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: What Should Our Next Amendment Be? Individual students can express their thoughts and ideas in an essay of between 500 and 1,000 words. Alternatively, individuals or team of up to three students can produce a three- to fine-minute video. A student may submit both an essay and a video, but only one of each. Entries are due Monday, March 13, 2023. For more information about the contest, including the cash prizes available, visit https://id.uscourts.gov/clerks/2023_Civics_Contest.cfm.

Amendments to Idaho Misdemeanor Criminal Rule 13(b), Effective January 4

MCLE Compliance Extension Deadline- 3/1

Each active member of the Bar must complete 30 hours of MCLE credit, including 3 hours of ethics, every three (3) years. Extensions until March 1, 2023 are available. The extension fee is $100. More information on MCLE Compliance.

If there are credits that need to be added to your records please use our MCLE Application Form or MCLE Attendance Form

If your MCLE reporting period ends in 2022, please remember live webcasts qualify for live credit. Search for ISB/ILF live courses on our website by clicking here.  These include webcast, audio streams and in-person courses.  To search by topic for ISB/ILF on-demand courses that qualify as self-study, please click here. You can search for other Idaho-approved CLE courses developed by other course providers here.

Out of State Reporting

Under Idaho Bar Commission Rule (IBCR) 408, an Idaho State Bar member whose principal office for the practice of law is in another state may use their MCLE compliance from the other state to meet the Idaho MCLE requirements if the attorney meets the Reporting Requirements listed below.

Qualifications. An attorney whose principal office for the practice of law is not in Idaho may comply with the Idaho MCLE requirements by filing a compliance report, on a form prescribed by the Board, certifying that:

  1. The attorney is subject to the mandatory CLE credit requirements in the jurisdiction where his or her principal office for the practice of law is located;
  2. The attorney complied with that jurisdiction’s mandatory CLE requirements within the past three (3) years by submission and approval of the required credits; and
  3. The attorney is currently in compliance with the mandatory CLE credit requirements in that jurisdiction.

Certificate of Compliance.  An attorney submitting a compliance report from another state must provide a mandatory CLE certificate of compliance, or similar verification, from the other jurisdiction that includes the following information:

  1. Confirmation that the attorney is in compliance with the mandatory CLE requirements;
  2. The attorney’s current mandatory CLE reporting period;
  3. The date that the attorney’s previous mandatory CLE reporting period ended; and
  4. Confirmation that the attorney complied with the mandatory CLE requirements by submission of approved credits during the previous reporting period.

Use our online Licensing Forms Upload to submit these completed forms.

Exceptions.

  1. Satisfaction of CLE requirements in Alaska or Hawaii does not satisfy Idaho’s mandatory CLE requirements.
  2. Attorneys licensed in other jurisdictions are not exempted from the New Admittee Education requirements.
  3. Attorneys claiming specialty certification shall comply with the requirements of the applicable certifying organization for completion of CLE credits in the specialty area.
  4. Attorneys who transferred to Active status under IBCR 306 shall comply with the CLE requirements applicable to the Transfer.

For more information, view the Idaho Bar Commission Rules Section IV.

New Advocate Submission Deadline – Around the Bar & In Memoriam

Effective December 1, 2022, the new deadline for submissions to the Around the Bar and In Memoriam portions of The Advocate will be the 13th of the month prior to issue publication month. I.e., December 13th for publication in the January 2023 issue. Submissions can be sent via email to Lindsey Welfley lwelfley@isb.idaho.gov, Communications Director, and should include a high resolution photo if possible.

2022 Resolution Process (aka Roadshow)

Unlike many state bars, the Idaho State Bar cannot take positions on legislative matters, rules of court, or substantive rules governing the Bar itself at its Annual Meeting or by act of its Bar Commissioners without first submitting such matters to the membership through the Resolution Process.

The Resolution Process is set forth in Idaho Bar Commission Rule 906. Resolutions may be submitted by a District Bar Association, the Board of Commissioners, a Bar committee, or an individual member of the Bar. Resolutions submitted by a District Bar Association, the Board of Commissioners, or the Idaho Supreme Court are automatically included in the resolution process.

Applications for Lawyer Representative to Serve on the Ninth Circuit Conference of the United States Courts – Deadline 9/30

The Judges of the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho intend to appoint a Lawyer Representative to serve on the Ninth Circuit Conference of the United States Courts for a three-year term to replace Alexandra Caval. Please see full notice linked below:

https://isb.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/Lawyer-Rep-Notice-2022-for-Advocate.pdf

T. Matthew Wolfe, Ludwig Shoufler Miller Johnson, LLP

Photos courtesy of Matt Wolfe

Outstanding Young Lawyer 2021

This year’s Outstanding Young Lawyer, Matt Wolfe, is a Boise transplant and has moved around all over the globe serving our country as part of the National Guard. Matt was born and raised in Hopatcong, New Jersey, a small borough in Sussex County and joined the National Guard straight out of high school. After completing basic training, he was immediately deployed to Guantanamo Bay and recounts this as both a weird and interesting experience for a young 19-year-old kid.

Matt spent the next 10 years working as a contractor for the military, which took him all over the world, including Cuba, Kuwait, Hawaii, and Washington D.C. During this time, he completed his undergraduate education online through the American Military University and began entertaining a change in career trajectory. His goal was to find something a little more stable and conducive to long term career building. Matt felt the legal profession would be a natural fit and a good transition, allowing him to utilize the research, writing, and briefing skills he had honed during his time in military service. He began looking for options on where to attend law school and after stumbling across an article online about Boise, Idaho, decided to relocate from the East Coast to attend Concordia University School of Law. Matt graduated with his law degree from Concordia in 2016 and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar that same year.

After receiving his law degree, Matt and his wife, Ashley, who he met during his second year of law school, moved back to the East Coast where he attended Boston University and received his LL.M. Hoping to begin his career back in Idaho – and avoid having to take the bar exam in another state – Matt began seeking out conversations with Idaho lawyers who had also received their LL.M. degrees. It was through this networking effort that Matt got connected with Tom Walker who offered him a job as an associate in his new Boise firm, Generations Law Group. Matt began working with Tom and remained at Generations Law Group until late last year.

Matt and his twins, Atlas and Olympia

In September 2020, Matt transitioned to the firm Ludwig Schoufler Miller Johnson, LLP where he continues to practice family law, estate planning, and probate. Matt considers both Tom Walker and Scott Ludwig among his professional role models and is grateful for the opportunity to learn from their expertise.

While balancing his workload, Matt is involved in several law related volunteer efforts. Encouraged by Tom Walker to get involved and continue networking, Matt ran for an open position as an officer for the Fourth District Bar Association and is now serving as Vice President. He is also the current CLE Chair of the Idaho State Bar Young Lawyer Section and serves as Chair of the Idaho Military Legal Alliance, a Bar related entity providing free legal services for veterans across the state. The Idaho Military Legal Alliance is currently conducting a monthly, phone clinic for Veteran’s, and Matt would ask that any attorney interested in helping a Veteran to please get in touch with him.

Continuing with this theme of getting involved and contributing to the local Bar community, Matt’s advice to his younger self – and other young lawyers – is to set aside the hesitation to reach out, put yourself out there, or make new connections within the Bar. Matt mentions that Idaho attorneys are fortunate to be part of a Bar that is small enough in which you can easily meet other attorneys in your practice area or from whom you would like to learn. He would also make sure to tell his younger self to buy Bitcoin, buy a lot of Bitcoin.

Matt and his wife, Ashley, have three children – a five-year-old and three-year-old twins. Matt enjoys woodworking, golf, and fantasy football, though he jokingly mentions that he does not have time for much in terms of hobbies with three little ones running around.

Matt notes that the hardest part of being a younger attorney is not having all the answers, even though your clients and judges require you to have all the answers. Clients pick your firm based on the collective experience of the firm, and you do not want to make your client second guess their decision by not having all the answers. However, you need to make sure you are giving you clients the best advice possible, which sometimes requires you to check with the partners of the firm.

The best part of being a younger attorney is getting to learn. You learn something new every day about the legal code, or the bar, or some “unwritten rules” of practicing law. Plus, being a younger attorney sometimes gives you an upper hand in a case since you might look at a problem differently than an attorney that has practicing for a while.

Matt would like to extend his gratitude to some of the many people that have helped him over the years: everyone in his Concordia Family, all the amazing people at the bar, Tom Walker, Scot Ludwig, all support staff (Is there a better way to say that), and he’d like to end by thanking his mom.

Matt’s grandparents, Bernie and Dorothy. Jersey Shore natives.